Christ was more than a model, for He is the source of the very love that we need to show others. If we are to love others, we have to do more than try to imitate His behavior, we have to receive Him and His greatest act of love for us.
It saddens me to see people talking selfishly of God’s love for them. Often they talk about the great and wonderful things that God has given them without turning anything around to give thanks or devotion to God. They come across like the spoiled rich kid who has more than they could ever use, but still expects more from life.
He can be the creator of everything, the All-knowing One, the Ever-present One, the Holy One, and Almighty God and stay distant from our world. Even though He is all those things, He is so much more, because He comes right down in the middle of our world to be daily connected to our lives. Every day He is saying, “I love you.” In every victory, He is there cheering us on. In every defeat, His is there to pick us up. He is the perfect Father.
You will be amazed after the first time you really open up to God and lightning bolts don’t zap you, but instead, you feel the reinforcing response of an all-loving, gracious God as He demonstrates His faithfulness to you.
The change began when I realized how much God loved me. It included embracing Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for me, but it was so much more. In turn, I started to love God back and then began to love others.
Could it be that Jesus Christ was actually revealing to him the formula for how to live the ultimate life? I believe He was. In doing so, He gave us a formula to live by.